Shiraz, or Syrah as it’s known in most parts of the world, is a medium to full bodied red wine with soft, ripe tannins. Australia’s most popular red grape, Shiraz was introduced in this country by James Busby in 1832.
Australian Shiraz exhibits textures and flavours that are unique to the region of origin. Characteristics range from pepper and spices in areas like Margaret River and Coonawarra, minty sharpness in Clare Valley, full bodied ripeness in the Barossa Valley, chocolatey sweetness in McLaren Vale and rich earthiness in the Hunter Valley. Shiraz wines are intensely rich with a deep violet or almost black colour. Australian Shiraz tends to be more fruit focussed featuring ripe red berries, spice flavours, hints of earthiness and complex oak influences. Shiraz can be be paired with rich red meat dishes including stews, barbeques and sausage meats. Grilled vegetables and hard cheeses like Cheddar, Provolone and Gruyere also work well with Shiraz.